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Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil wa Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia's left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there's something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia's once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker. Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It's the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that's going on can she find the killer before she's the next item on the menu?


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Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil wa Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia's left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there's something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia's once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker. Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It's the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that's going on can she find the killer before she's the next item on the menu?

30 review for Poisoned Pages

  1. 3 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Tricia Miles just has a way of finding dead bodies. Many in town call her a jinx, some straight to her face. Well, this time she doesn’t even need to leave her newly redone apartment to add another dead body to her list. While hosting a housewarming party one of her guests keels over dead. Tricia isn’t much of a cook but she never imagined someone dying after eating her food. The guy must have had an allergic reaction, she can’t be held responsible for that. She didn’t even kn Dollycas’s Thoughts Tricia Miles just has a way of finding dead bodies. Many in town call her a jinx, some straight to her face. Well, this time she doesn’t even need to leave her newly redone apartment to add another dead body to her list. While hosting a housewarming party one of her guests keels over dead. Tricia isn’t much of a cook but she never imagined someone dying after eating her food. The guy must have had an allergic reaction, she can’t be held responsible for that. She didn’t even know the guy, he was the date of one of her other guests. Chief Bakes soon finds out what the toxin was and it is not something commonly found in food, especially Tricia’s kitchen. Which means the man was murdered! While all this is going on Tricia is running for Chamber of Commerce president. A position her sister has decided to give up to dedicate more time to her businesses. Unfortunately, she has two opponents and they are discrediting her all over town and using that whole jinx thing against her. Can she win an election and catch a killer? She sure is going to try. There is never a dull moment in Booktown, something is always happening. Tricia’s party, the chamber election, Tricia’s sister Angelica is worried about something, Stoneham as a vandal causing damage and then, of course, there is the dead guy on Tricia’s floor. Ms. Barrett packs Poisoned Pages with a very captivating cozy mystery. In fact, there is more than one mystery to solve and they may or may not be connected. The staff at Haven’t Got A Clue always has Tricia’s back. This allows her plenty of time to tool around town trying to get the answers she needs to book the person that used her party for their crime. She also spends plenty of time with her sister hoping to find answers there too. Mr. Everett and Pixie Poe are the perfect employees. Pixie has really come into her own. Her creativity shines this time as she pulls out all the stops to help Tricia become the next Chamber of Commerce President. Mr. Everett has other things on his mind. He and his wife are adopting an elderly cat. He is so excited and has plenty of pictures of the feline to share. The plot of this story tangles all the mystery elements together. With only a week to campaign before the election, Tricia has the perfect opportunity to question many of the suspects. She also got her sister to reveal what was bothering her and that gave her another mystery to solve. She plans to leave the vandal to the police but she thinks she knows their identity too. It was so much fun to traipse around town each step of the way with Tricia. I was completely gobsmacked when all was revealed. This truly is one of my favorite series. I love these characters. I am excited about where Tricia may be heading in her personal life. Angelica unleashes a surprise in this story that will change her life in a really good way. These sisters worked hard to get their relationship where it is today and I have enjoyed following along. So much has happened over the course of this series but the author keeps her characters and their stories fresh and relevant. You can read this book as a stand-alone but this is a series the really should be read from the start, in order, to fully appreciate how far these characters have come. I am so excited for the next installment of this series

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Lorna Barrett returns with book twelve in the Booktown Mystery series. This time, Tricia Miles is throwing a cocktail party. However, instead of fun and entertainment, there is murder. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a lot more going on and now, she was must her sleuth skills to find the killer. I know this series is very popular and well-loved, which is why I wanted to give it a shot in the first place. After having tried a few of the books though, I’m not quite sure this series is right for me. I Lorna Barrett returns with book twelve in the Booktown Mystery series. This time, Tricia Miles is throwing a cocktail party. However, instead of fun and entertainment, there is murder. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a lot more going on and now, she was must her sleuth skills to find the killer. I know this series is very popular and well-loved, which is why I wanted to give it a shot in the first place. After having tried a few of the books though, I’m not quite sure this series is right for me. I’m not sure exactly what it is but I found myself struggling to get into this book. I still haven’t fallen in love with Tricia’s character nor do I find myself raving about Barrett’s writing style either. At the same though, I can’t really find what is bothering me about this series. I guess it’s just one of those instances where I can’t really make up my mind. I always pick up these books, expecting a good read but they always seem to zoom past without much impact. I feel a bit torn of whether or not to continue this series. There are things that I do like about it, such as the bookstore setting. However, that connection is missing for me. I might give it another shot to see if it’ll stick a bit better. But until then, I’ll try to determine what might make this series work for me.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Karen

    I have been a huge fan of Lorna Barrett's Book Town Mystery Series since I first spun the rack at my library and her book fell into my hands. I have bought and read every single one and I am so thrilled to have been approved to read an ARC of Poisoned Pages. This one like so many in this series are more about the relationships and the community feeling, rather than the mystery, but boy are the mysteries and twists in this story spectacular. What is revealed will pleasantly shock and amaze long t I have been a huge fan of Lorna Barrett's Book Town Mystery Series since I first spun the rack at my library and her book fell into my hands. I have bought and read every single one and I am so thrilled to have been approved to read an ARC of Poisoned Pages. This one like so many in this series are more about the relationships and the community feeling, rather than the mystery, but boy are the mysteries and twists in this story spectacular. What is revealed will pleasantly shock and amaze long time fans of the series and leave you with the most cozy of feelings. I love this book, this series and this author. Poisoned Pages was fantastic. This one is out July 10th and is not to miss.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Lorna Barrett returns with book twelve in the Booktown Mystery series. This time, Tricia Miles is throwing a cocktail party. However, instead of fun and entertainment, there is murder. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a lot more going on and now, she was must her sleuth skills to find the killer. I know this series is very popular and well-loved, which I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Lorna Barrett returns with book twelve in the Booktown Mystery series. This time, Tricia Miles is throwing a cocktail party. However, instead of fun and entertainment, there is murder. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a lot more going on and now, she was must her sleuth skills to find the killer. I know this series is very popular and well-loved, which is why I wanted to give it a shot in the first place. After having tried a few of the books though, I’m not quite sure this series is right for me. I’m not sure exactly what it is but I found myself struggling to get into this book. I still haven’t fallen in love with Tricia’s character nor do I find myself raving about Barrett’s writing style either. At the same though, I can’t really find what is bothering me about this series. I guess it’s just one of those instances where I can’t really make up my mind. I always pick up these books, expecting a good read but they always seem to zoom past without much impact. I feel a bit torn of whether or not to continue this series. There are things that I do like about it, such as the bookstore setting. However, that connection is missing for me. I might give it another shot to see if it’ll stick a bit better. But until then, I’ll try to determine what might make this series work for me. *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  5. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this new book of the series Tricia is throwing a house warming party now that her place has been finished. She has worked very hard preparing all the food for her party and can't wait to have everyone over. When the guest of one of her guests ends up dead after eating one of her treats she truly does feel like a jinx. She didn't know the man and it didn't seem like anyone else did either besides his date, so it had to have been an accident right? Why do bodies seem to gravitate towards her, w In this new book of the series Tricia is throwing a house warming party now that her place has been finished. She has worked very hard preparing all the food for her party and can't wait to have everyone over. When the guest of one of her guests ends up dead after eating one of her treats she truly does feel like a jinx. She didn't know the man and it didn't seem like anyone else did either besides his date, so it had to have been an accident right? Why do bodies seem to gravitate towards her, why can't it be someone else? It looks like the man had an allergic reaction to the food, but wouldn't he have been smart enough not to eat something he wasn't suppose to? Follow along as Tricia tries to get to the bottom of the dead mans sudden demise. Along the way she learns that someone is black mailing her sister, has someone vandalizing her property, and an ex that just can't seem to let go. There were quite a few twists and turns that kept me guessing the whole way through, which always makes for a great read. This was to me the best book of the series and I can't wait to see what happens next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this new book of the series Tricia is throwing a house warming party now that her place has been finished. She has worked very hard preparing all the food for her party and can't wait to have everyone over. When the guest of one of her guests ends up dead after eating one of her treats she truly does feel like a jinx. She didn't know the man and it didn't seem like anyone else did either besides his date, so it had to have been an accident right? Why do bodies seem to gravitate towards her, w In this new book of the series Tricia is throwing a house warming party now that her place has been finished. She has worked very hard preparing all the food for her party and can't wait to have everyone over. When the guest of one of her guests ends up dead after eating one of her treats she truly does feel like a jinx. She didn't know the man and it didn't seem like anyone else did either besides his date, so it had to have been an accident right? Why do bodies seem to gravitate towards her, why can't it be someone else? It looks like the man had an allergic reaction to the food, but wouldn't he have been smart enough not to eat something he wasn't suppose to? Follow along as Tricia tries to get to the bottom of the dead mans sudden demise. Along the way she learns that someone is black mailing her sister, has someone vandalizing her property, and an ex that just can't seem to let go. There were quite a few twists and turns that kept me guessing the whole way through, which always makes for a great read. This was to me the best book of the series and I can't wait to see what happens next.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Tricia owns a mystery bookstore and is an amateur sleuth. she has a housewarming party in her new apartment and one of the guests dies. At the same time she is running for Cahmber of commerce president and the town is having a run of vandalism. Her sister is being blackmailed and Tricia wants her to report it and to let her secret out.

  8. 3 out of 5

    Kayt18

    Another fabulous installment in Lorna Barrett's fabulous Booktown Mystery. Love all the characters in this series. Even with this being the 12th book, this author still delivers an intriguing and fantastic read. The series is still fresh and entertaining. I love protagonist Tricia Miles and her wonderful family, both blood and not. I received a copy from the publisher, but the opinion is my own

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    This is a gem of a cozy series--interesting well drawn characters, attractive New England setting, and plots that take surprising twists, even with well-established characters who readers may think they know. Set in the New Hampshire village of Stoneham where many of the businesses are bookstores, the Booktown series centers around mystery store owner heroine Tricia Miles, who is once again nearby when death comes calling. This time she is celebrating her remodeled apartment when one of the parti This is a gem of a cozy series--interesting well drawn characters, attractive New England setting, and plots that take surprising twists, even with well-established characters who readers may think they know. Set in the New Hampshire village of Stoneham where many of the businesses are bookstores, the Booktown series centers around mystery store owner heroine Tricia Miles, who is once again nearby when death comes calling. This time she is celebrating her remodeled apartment when one of the partiers drops dead. Is it an allergic reaction to something in Tricia's food? Did someone deliberately spike the appetizer? Things become even more complicated when Tricia runs for Chamber of Commerce president and someone begins playing a series of dangerous pranks while her reputation as the town jinx puts her behind the eight ball with potential voters. Her sister Angelica faces her own challenges when she runs afoul of a blackmailer who threatens to reveal a secret that could have an enormous impact on her business and family life. An unusual choice for a potential love interest for Tricia also emerges even as a past relationship comes back to haunt her. Mr. Everett and Pixie also play important roles in this 12th series entry. It all makes for fun reading and anticipation to see how it all turns out in lucky #13! Full Disclosure--Net Gallery and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Tricia’s apartment is finally done and she is going to have a housewarming party. She has even cooked! All is going nicely until......a guest dies. In her new home of all places. Was he murdered or allergic to something he ate?? It is also election time to vote in a new Chamber President. Tricia has decided to run for the position. How will this death affect her chances of winning? Can she win? So many secrets, surprises come to light in this wonderfully written story. What a fantastic trip back t Tricia’s apartment is finally done and she is going to have a housewarming party. She has even cooked! All is going nicely until......a guest dies. In her new home of all places. Was he murdered or allergic to something he ate?? It is also election time to vote in a new Chamber President. Tricia has decided to run for the position. How will this death affect her chances of winning? Can she win? So many secrets, surprises come to light in this wonderfully written story. What a fantastic trip back to BookTown with old friends. An ending I really was not expecting. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/po... Poisoned Pages Booktown Mystery, Book #12 By Lorna Barrett ISBN: 9780451489838 Author website: lornabarrett(.)com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food http://openbooksociety.com/article/po... Poisoned Pages Booktown Mystery, Book #12 By Lorna Barrett ISBN: 9780451489838 Author website: lornabarrett(.)com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries. Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself–quite a feat for someone who previously couldn’t boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia’s left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there’s something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia’s once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker. Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It’s the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that’s going on can she find the killer before she’s the next item on the menu? Review: Poisoned Pages is the 12th book in this fun cozy series. Lorna Barrett has been able to keep the Booktown Mystery series entertaining and new throughout its long running time. I loved this installment. Tricia Miles is an educated, strong and enjoyable protagonist. Her family (blood and not) are great characters. Each bringing something completely different to the table. I am so happy her apartment is finally ready for her and her kitty. It is about time with all she and her shop have been through. Who would have thought Tricia’s first try at cooking for all of her friends would end in tragedy? Sure this is a woman who didn’t know how to boil water, but with a sister who is a serious cook/chef/baker/entrepreneur she couldn’t go wrong. It is a true mystery how a man no one really knew ended up dead. If that is not enough trouble for Tricia and her sister Angelica, vandals are running wild and committing small crimes against the stores in town. And Angelica is facing an outing of her secret identity due to blackmail. What is going on in Stoneham, New Hampshire? Of course Tricia is pulled into the death and all the other happenings in town. Was her guest’s death simply a tragic allergic reaction? No way. Murder rears its ugly head in their quaint little town, just as Tricia is running for Chamber of Commerce president. Seriously though, does Tricia even have a chance of winning with her title of town jinx. The supporting cast in really does make this series. Quirky characters like Pixie, gentle ones like Mr. Everett and his wife, the whole clan of Angelica’s world, and of course Miss Marple, the store cat. The way they pull together to support each other and find answers is just wonderful. No matter what Tricia can always count on her store being run perfectly, a good meal at her sister’s restaurant, a wonderful chat with that same sister, and a group of friends that are truly tried and true. Poisoned Pages is a fabulous addition to this entertaining series. You can read it as a standalone, but this series is so good, I would suggest reading all 12 of them. The setting is perfect, especially if you are an avid reader. The characters run the gamut, from odd to downright fabulous. These pages are anything, but poisoned. The characters and storyline jump off the page and into your imagination. Author Lorna Barrett has not let up or rested on the laurels of this great cozy series. Number 12 is even better than the last one. I cannot wait for number 13. If you enjoy fun, heartwarming, intriguing cozies, pick this one up!! *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    The theme of the 12th book in Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries series seems to be secrets and change, with endings and new beginnings getting their full due as well. Tricia Miles is back in business with her vintage mystery store Haven't Got A Clue. But as the book opens it is more about clearing the decks as she attends the sentencing of the man who murdered her ex-husband. Unrepentant to the end, he curses her. And that curse seems to be working for real when hosting a dinner party to show off The theme of the 12th book in Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries series seems to be secrets and change, with endings and new beginnings getting their full due as well. Tricia Miles is back in business with her vintage mystery store Haven't Got A Clue. But as the book opens it is more about clearing the decks as she attends the sentencing of the man who murdered her ex-husband. Unrepentant to the end, he curses her. And that curse seems to be working for real when hosting a dinner party to show off her (FINALLY) finished home remodel, a man drops dead. The Village Jinx strikes again it would seem the townspeople think. But there is much more going on in Stoneham. Tricia sister Angelica is being blackmailed by someone who has discovered the secret of her many and varied business ventures. This in turn leads to another secret being revealed later in the book that is a slight game changer for everyone involved. The various cast of characters weave in and out of the story as the author reveals new depths (both figurative and literal) to them. Tricia employees, Trixie and Mr. E., get new twists to their stories as well. As for Tricia herself, she finds herself caught up in the beginnings of a potential relationship with an entirely unexpected party and the election of a new president for the Chamber of Commerce. Of course, this all is secondary to the murder that kicks off the main storyline. Who murdered the man and why? Was he the intended victim? Does a coincidentally timed outbreak of vandalism have anything to do with the murder? Tricia, whether she wants to or not, is on the case. She's also trying to find out who is blackmailing her sister and threatening their adopted family members over it. This was a really great read because of all of the changes the characters are put through. The idea of changing things up really works because it means things won't remain static. There's one development that I wasn't crazy about because I wonder how the focus will remain on the bookstore if the change hinted at does indeed go through. I also couldn't help feeling that this book could be the last book in the series. I don't know anything about if that is true but the way everything got changed around, it could quite adeptly serve as a series finale if the author so desired. I would hate for that to be the case because I've enjoyed the series overall and 'Poisoned Pages' was a particularly engaging read.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Angela Brocato-Skaggs

    One of the best cozy mystery series out there. Lorna Barrett has written another 5 star Booktown Mystery. In book twelve of the Booktown Mysteries, Tricia has finally moved back in her apartment over her bookstore after a terrible fire gutted the apartment. During her housewarming party, where she fixed all the delicious nibbles (a feat for Tricia), a guest dies from a poisoned stuff mushroom. Unfortunately Tricia finds herself trying to prove it was not her cooking that killed the guest. As Tric One of the best cozy mystery series out there. Lorna Barrett has written another 5 star Booktown Mystery. In book twelve of the Booktown Mysteries, Tricia has finally moved back in her apartment over her bookstore after a terrible fire gutted the apartment. During her housewarming party, where she fixed all the delicious nibbles (a feat for Tricia), a guest dies from a poisoned stuff mushroom. Unfortunately Tricia finds herself trying to prove it was not her cooking that killed the guest. As Tricia tries to solve the mystery of the dead guest she also finds herself running for the president position at the Chamber of Commerce and putting the trial of the murder of her ex-husband to rest. Will Tricia find herself successful on all three accounts or be the next murder in Stoneham, NH? This is my favorite cozy mystery series and I have a lot of them I love. Every summer I find myself barely able to contain my excitement for my annual visit with Tricia and friends. In Poisoned Pages, we start with Tricia listening to the sentencing of her ex-husband's killer. The opening pages of this is heartbreaking. I found myself tearing up and wanted to comfort Tricia. I cannot imagine the emotions Tricia has had over this time. I hope the killer does truly rot in jail. I am not going to name the killer just in case you have not read this series or are not up to date. To say I was shocked at who the perpetrator was in Poisoned Pages is putting it mildly. I would have never believed this person would turn out to be such a jerk and so evil. Well played Ms. Barrett, well played. You can read these as a stand alone but I would NOT recommend it. You would lose the element of surprise in each beautifully crafted mystery. For fans of cozy mysteries, mysteries and suspense this series should definitely be on your radar. It is time to be thinking of Christmas shopping and if I was you I would be asking Santa for this entire series under my tree.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Linda

    Tricia is finally looking forward to putting the past to rest, with the trial and sentencing over, starting with hosting a party to celebrate the new apartment renovations. But alas, that doesn't work out well for her when one of the guests drops dead. And while she is keen to prove that she did not poison him deliberately or accidentally, the death is certainly putting a damper on her run for Chamber President, against two formidable opponents. And then there are the incidents of vandalism that Tricia is finally looking forward to putting the past to rest, with the trial and sentencing over, starting with hosting a party to celebrate the new apartment renovations. But alas, that doesn't work out well for her when one of the guests drops dead. And while she is keen to prove that she did not poison him deliberately or accidentally, the death is certainly putting a damper on her run for Chamber President, against two formidable opponents. And then there are the incidents of vandalism that seem to be plaguing the town. This is a delightful mystery series full of interesting characters, that continue to grow and develop through each new book. I enjoy the relationship between Tricia and her sister, even when they are disagreeing over things. I also like how Tricia interacts with her bookstore staff, Mr. Everett and Pixie. I was excited that Mr. Everett and his wife were planning to adopt a rescue cat, because he definitely gets along well with the store's cat, Miss Marple. All your favorite characters seem to be present in this story, and the villain turns out to be someone totally unexpected (no spoilers intended). I do have to say that Tricia is lucky to have such good help because she definitely spends a lot of time outside of her store, investigating the clues. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, with a new lease on life for Tricia, as well as a potential romantic interest (besides Chief Baker!). Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Kristen

    Amazing page turner Stupendous read. Definitely keeps you on your toes and definitely an intense page turner. Keep up the great writing Lorna.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linnea

    Always fun to revisit the main characters. There is a new love interest that will be fun to follow.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This is hands down my favorite cozy mystery series and I look forward to reading the newest one each summer. What could be better than a bookish town, where the main stores are themed? Tricia, is the owner of the mystery bookstore and has received the unfortunate nickname of, Jinx. I am already ready for the next book in the series.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    I love this series! I was a little sad because I felt like it didn't last very long. Tricia and Angelica are some of my favorite characters and I love their adventures! Along with the mystery of who-dun-it, Angelica reveals something that most readers (or at least me) didn't see coming. At least, I never gave it another thought. I like the mixture of revenge, murder, blackmail and so on. Now I just need the next book!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I find Tricia, her sister Angelica, and many of the townspeople to be completely unappealing and downright mean spirited. Pixie, Mr Everett, Grace, and the bookstore are the real reasons I keep with this series. The mystery and various side stories weren’t very interesting and didn’t seem to make much sense. I’ll probably read the next book, but I have a feeling that it will be my last in this series.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Lori Gronewold

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did not like this book for so many reasons. 1. I can't believe that Angelica would keep the fact that she was a mother from Tricia. They have went through so much together it made no sense. 2. Also the fact that Antonio was not upset to find out the truth was upsetting. 3. The fact that Angelica would rather pay money and risk someone she loved life rather come out with the truth about the fact she owned the agency made no sense. 4. Finally, the fact that Fannie went berserk, was able to buy t I did not like this book for so many reasons. 1. I can't believe that Angelica would keep the fact that she was a mother from Tricia. They have went through so much together it made no sense. 2. Also the fact that Antonio was not upset to find out the truth was upsetting. 3. The fact that Angelica would rather pay money and risk someone she loved life rather come out with the truth about the fact she owned the agency made no sense. 4. Finally, the fact that Fannie went berserk, was able to buy the bugging equipment and killed someone was hard to believe.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Juanita

    Tricia's house is finally finished being remodeled, so it's time for her housewarming party, which occurs the same day that Bob Kelly is sentenced to his jail time. He blames it on Tricia, calling her a jinx and cursing her life. That very evening at her party, it seems like his words might be coming true when Frannie Armstrong's date suffers an allergic reaction and dies at her party. More bad news comes later when Tricia learns that (view spoiler)[Angelica is being blackmailed. Someone knows t Tricia's house is finally finished being remodeled, so it's time for her housewarming party, which occurs the same day that Bob Kelly is sentenced to his jail time. He blames it on Tricia, calling her a jinx and cursing her life. That very evening at her party, it seems like his words might be coming true when Frannie Armstrong's date suffers an allergic reaction and dies at her party. More bad news comes later when Tricia learns that (view spoiler)[Angelica is being blackmailed. Someone knows the identity of Nigela Ricita and threatens to reveal the truth, and if she goes to the police, they say they'll hurt Antonio and Ginny's daughter Sofia. Angelica says she'll pay the $5,000, that she has plenty of money and can afford to do it. Mean pranks are being played on Tricia though, like a huge pile of dog poop is placed outside her door, and she slips on it. Another instance finds all the lights in their alley shattered, and she lands on some glass, injuring her arm rather badly. It turns out someone is playing pranks on Ginny too, such as putting a potato in her tailpipe, which causes the car to not start, and she had to take it to the mechanic. I had a feeling Frannie was behind it all, but I couldn't figure out why she would do it. She snapped when she learned that Angelica was really Nigela Ricita and promoted all of these other people over her, leaving her in her sales clerk role at the Cookery. She was super jealous. Her date, Ted? She's the one who poisoned the one mushroom at the party, wanting someone to get ill at the party. More big news includes the revelation that Angelica isn't Antonio's stepmother but his biological mother. She'd gotten pregnant on a trip to Italy when she was young, which her parents disapproved of, of course. Antonio already knows though and doesn't blame her for hiding the truth. Pixie takes on more responsibility at Haven't Got a Clue, and Angelica makes her a job offer at Nigela Ricita Associates, which she winds up rejecting because she loves Tricia and Mr. Everett's company so much. Tricia runs for Chamber president but loses to Chauncey Porter, who dies at the election. She also places behind her former flame Russ who owns the newspaper. Russ only ran to make it hard on her, and it turns out his wife Nikki is leaving him. He briefly stalks Tricia and drunkenly assaults her at the store, so I wonder if he'll step down as Chamber president in the future. Tricia also agrees to meet Marshall, the owner of the porn store, for coffee, in an attempt to be civil but it turns out she likes his company much more than she expects. It turns out he's been offered a buyout, and he accepts it, in turn buying Chauncey's former store, so I expect more to develop between the two of them (hide spoiler)] .

  22. 5 out of 5

    A. Rose Ross

    I’ve read every book in the series, and the story just gets better and better. I love the development of the characters from start to finish. And in this book, I just have no words, it was so good. This book we find the relationship between the two main characters, Sisters Tricia and Angelica Miles, is strained due to multiple factors. The progression of events really test their harmony and strength of their relationship in many ways. And we see such change and growth to those closest to them! Fro I’ve read every book in the series, and the story just gets better and better. I love the development of the characters from start to finish. And in this book, I just have no words, it was so good. This book we find the relationship between the two main characters, Sisters Tricia and Angelica Miles, is strained due to multiple factors. The progression of events really test their harmony and strength of their relationship in many ways. And we see such change and growth to those closest to them! From Bob Kelley finally getting sentenced to Tricia having her party to celebrate her apartments new remodel Tricia has an emotional day right at the start. Then to have a person die of an allergic reaction at that party, well, Tricia just has to wonder if Bob cursing her in the courtroom wasn’t somehow coming true. Something I see in real life and in these books is people who go off the rails and do something horrible and never admitting their own fault. They have to have a scapegoat and someone else they blame for every bad thing they did. Lorna beautifully portrays not only that crazy way of thinking but shows the damage it can do to those around them, both the person they blame and the relationships of those around them. Tricia and Angelica end up dealing with the fallout and their friends worry about them. I love every second of this book. I had to deal with a person who went off the rails and ended up in jail and I saw some of how what he did effected me. It was closely reflected in what Tricia and Angelica go through. I love how they deal and I felt a bit of healing in my own life thanks to this story. This series just keeps getting better and better. I hope you enjoy “Poisoned Pages” as much as I did! (For more reviews check my blog at digthereviews.blogspot.com )

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I thought it was interesting that, at the beginning of the mystery, a man is found guilty of second degree murder and is sentenced to prison. Tricia was the star witness during the trial. The guilty party is not happy with the sentencing ~ to say the least. Tricia, also known as a jinx, owns the mystery bookstore and she's running for President of the Chamber of Commerce, against two less than qualified opponents. I personally don't believe in a jinx! I believe the characters who call her a jinx I thought it was interesting that, at the beginning of the mystery, a man is found guilty of second degree murder and is sentenced to prison. Tricia was the star witness during the trial. The guilty party is not happy with the sentencing ~ to say the least. Tricia, also known as a jinx, owns the mystery bookstore and she's running for President of the Chamber of Commerce, against two less than qualified opponents. I personally don't believe in a jinx! I believe the characters who call her a jinx were rude! *ahem* And! I would have voted for her. Meanwhile the town of Stoneham is busy trying to discover who is vandalizing their property. And! Tricia's sister Angelica is being blackmailed. When I started reading this mystery I was a little confused. This is number twelve in the Booktown Mystery series and I've never read any of these cozies! I believe in reading a series in order and this one should be read in order. Having said that, as I continued reading, the characters and the mystery started clearing up. By the time I finished reading the book, I liked it. I was especially concerned about Angelica. I don't think it's fun being blackmailed and she hadn't done anything wrong. I was curious to learn the identity of the blackmailer. Overall, I liked the book and I will start this series at the beginning. A big thank-you to Berkley Prime Crime for sending this book to me. It came right to my doorstep. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Tricia’s apartment remodel is finally finish and she is celebrating with a housewarming party. She even cooked for the party! Since she has recently taken up cooking, she is happy to show off her new skills. Everything seems to be going well until one of her guests dies from what appears to be a food allergy. This death seems to bring back up the village jinx rumors which could not happen at a worse time. Tricia is running for the Chamber of Commerce President but she has some unexpected competi Tricia’s apartment remodel is finally finish and she is celebrating with a housewarming party. She even cooked for the party! Since she has recently taken up cooking, she is happy to show off her new skills. Everything seems to be going well until one of her guests dies from what appears to be a food allergy. This death seems to bring back up the village jinx rumors which could not happen at a worse time. Tricia is running for the Chamber of Commerce President but she has some unexpected competition. Is the death of Tricia’s guest an accident or murder? Can Tricia break what seems to the streak of bad luck? This is my favorite book in the series so far. Author Lorna Barrett has created a wonderful setting and fabulous characters, I truly feel as if I am reading about beloved friends. The murder mystery can be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery, but a lot of the background information can better be understood if you have read the previous books. Several continuing storylines are wrapped up, we learn a few secrets, and we are introduced to a possible new and unexpected love interest. Tricia is being attacked by rumors and Angelica is being blackmailed for reasons she will not share even with Tricia. I really love how even with all the negativity going around the sisters, their adoptive family never turns their backs on them and helps to pull them through everything. I definitely recommend this book to fans of the series as well as all mystery lovers. **I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. **

  25. 3 out of 5

    Paula Ratcliffe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book follows Tricia Miles who has finally having her cocktail party at her newly fixed up apartment. All sorts of residents from town show up. When the guests are departing a gentleman friend of Frannie's winds up choking and dying. The town is wondering what killed him and why at Tricia's party. Angelica's having her own issues as someone is demanding money or else all her secrets will be made public will Angelica pay or is she finally tired of the secrets in town? When Tricia tries to adv This book follows Tricia Miles who has finally having her cocktail party at her newly fixed up apartment. All sorts of residents from town show up. When the guests are departing a gentleman friend of Frannie's winds up choking and dying. The town is wondering what killed him and why at Tricia's party. Angelica's having her own issues as someone is demanding money or else all her secrets will be made public will Angelica pay or is she finally tired of the secrets in town? When Tricia tries to advise her Angelica shuts down her sister. Deeming to handle it her own way. Someone else is running around town vandalizing things. Tricia wonders if it is because there is an election for the Chamber president and Tricia thrown in her name as well as Russ Smith who is doing it to spite Tricia along with Chauncey who has bad blood with Tricia. Could it be one of them? Or is someone else out to hurt people? I love this book it's such fun especially seeing Mr. E and Pixie Poe come into their own and help out where they can. I also loved the out come of the story. Mr. E has his work cut out when he and Grace adopt a cat named Charlie whose at the end of his life/ How much time he has left is anyone's guess but they'd rather have a cat die before they would. The relationships have come so far between the three and they form a great band together!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrrett is the twelfth book of the Booktown Mystery series. In this book, Tricia is having a housewarming party in her newly refurbished apartment. At the party, one of the party goers is killed when poisoned by something he ate. It's up to Tricia to figure out who did it and why. I really enjoyed this book. Going back to Stoneham was like visiting with old friends. I could see myself shopping in Haven't Got a Clue, visiting with Pixie and Mr. Everett. I would go to Boo Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrrett is the twelfth book of the Booktown Mystery series. In this book, Tricia is having a housewarming party in her newly refurbished apartment. At the party, one of the party goers is killed when poisoned by something he ate. It's up to Tricia to figure out who did it and why. I really enjoyed this book. Going back to Stoneham was like visiting with old friends. I could see myself shopping in Haven't Got a Clue, visiting with Pixie and Mr. Everett. I would go to Booked for Lunch for a great meal while watching Tricia having lunch with Angelica. The characters add warmth and wit to the story. They are one big family. The mystery is exceptional. It is a mystery within a mystery. There were secrets and a great who-dun-it that will keep you guessing. I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end and found out the answers to all of the questions. It kept me riveted until the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great who-dun-it with twists and turns that will keep you guessing along the way, and characters that are warm, witty and have a family feel. I received this ARC copy of the book from the author for review. This is an honest review.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Linda Dawley

    The Booktown Mystery series is how I got hooked on cozies in the first place. The newest book does not disappoint. It's packed full of mystery and "hometown" flavor. The newest book has Tricia hosting a housewarming party at her newly renovated apartment. Things seem to be going well until one of her guests dies from what appears to be an allergic reaction at her party. This does not help her run for Chamber of Commercial President, which has become a heated race with two of Tricia's rivals. Nat The Booktown Mystery series is how I got hooked on cozies in the first place. The newest book does not disappoint. It's packed full of mystery and "hometown" flavor. The newest book has Tricia hosting a housewarming party at her newly renovated apartment. Things seem to be going well until one of her guests dies from what appears to be an allergic reaction at her party. This does not help her run for Chamber of Commercial President, which has become a heated race with two of Tricia's rivals. Naturally, Tricia decides to do a little sleuthing of her own... Like the other Booktown Mysteries, this book is packed full of twists and turns. Each book also develops its characters even more -- they grow with each book. I really love the relationship between sisters Tricia and Angelica and all the characters are also like dear friends to me now. Even if you haven't read the series, it's not hard to read this series out of order (although you may end up wanting to buy up every book to devour the entire world of Booktown!) I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book but the opinions are all my own.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Britney Dillon

    ***I was provided an eARC of this book by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*** This is the first of the Booktown mysteries I have read, but I was charmed. Tricia Miles is a fun character, and I found myself relating to her a lot. I like books that make me feel camaraderie with the characters, and I think IRL, Tricia and I would be great friends. :) The mystery in this book is a good one, and the twists and turns are nicely unpredictable. This is so ***I was provided an eARC of this book by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*** This is the first of the Booktown mysteries I have read, but I was charmed. Tricia Miles is a fun character, and I found myself relating to her a lot. I like books that make me feel camaraderie with the characters, and I think IRL, Tricia and I would be great friends. :) The mystery in this book is a good one, and the twists and turns are nicely unpredictable. This is something unique to a lot of cozy mysteries; some of them are very predictable. But this one kept me engaged until the end. Even without reading the other entries in this series, I get the impression that some of the longstanding characters experience some character growth in this book, which is nice because it keeps the series from getting stale. The setting of this series is lovely - a sleepy New England village full of bookshops and quirky characters - and Tricia's mystery bookshop is itself a mini-setting. I really enjoyed being immersed in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and will likely go back and read the rest of the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    Sisters, Tricia and Angelica are facing some real life changes in this cozy murder mystery. First of all, Angelica and Tricia find their lives are being monitored by a person or persons unknown. Perhaps it is because Tricia is running for Chairman of the local Stoneham, NH Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps it is the blackmail letters sent to Angelica, either one, for everyone's safety and peace of mind, the culprit/s must be found. Tricia, owner of the local vintage murder mystery emporium, is finally Sisters, Tricia and Angelica are facing some real life changes in this cozy murder mystery. First of all, Angelica and Tricia find their lives are being monitored by a person or persons unknown. Perhaps it is because Tricia is running for Chairman of the local Stoneham, NH Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps it is the blackmail letters sent to Angelica, either one, for everyone's safety and peace of mind, the culprit/s must be found. Tricia, owner of the local vintage murder mystery emporium, is finally settled in her new home above the bookstore. Throwing herself an 'Open House' the happy occasion is marred by a guest's sudden death. What is going on? Why is she being called the town's 'Jinx?' Personally, I must say, I have truly missed reading this series. Ms. Barrett always can be depended upon to give a reader a satisfying and enjoyable read. This series is a true cozy with an edge. The characters are three dimensional and easily remembered even over time. I'm so happy to have the sisters back in my reading life.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Tricia Miles is running for president of the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce. It seems she will be a shoe-in, as her only opponent is Chauncey Porter, the sleazebag owner of The Armchair Tourist, but to everyone's surprise, Russ, owner of the local newspaper, also throws his hat into the race. In the meantime, some nasty tricks are being played in town, and Angelica is being blackmailed. Tricia accepts a coffee invitation from Marshall, owner of a porn store, who turns out to be not at all what she Tricia Miles is running for president of the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce. It seems she will be a shoe-in, as her only opponent is Chauncey Porter, the sleazebag owner of The Armchair Tourist, but to everyone's surprise, Russ, owner of the local newspaper, also throws his hat into the race. In the meantime, some nasty tricks are being played in town, and Angelica is being blackmailed. Tricia accepts a coffee invitation from Marshall, owner of a porn store, who turns out to be not at all what she expected. To everyone's surprise, especially her own, she enjoys his company and it seems there might be something happening in the future here. This is a cozy mystery in the truest sense. There is some sadness and disappointment but also happiness and hope for the future. We like and care about these characters and look forward to seeing them again in the next Booktown Mystery. Best of all, Tricia does not run around town asking questions and confronting killers. At least not intentionally.

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